629 More Free Fonts

Reposted with permission from blog.texthelp.com

I recently posted about a Free Dyslexia Font that many readers found useful. While the font that I referenced may be beneficial to a number of individuals, there are actually hundreds of fonts that are available to download for free. My favorite resource for fonts is currently through Google and can be found at www.google.com/fonts. There are 629 fonts listed as I type this, but that is likely to increase over time.

The main purpose of Google’s font page is to provide website developers with a variety of fonts that can be added to websites. However, you can also add these fonts to your computer to use in common applications such as Microsoft Word. Here’s how:

  1. Go to Google.com/fonts to view all available fonts.

  2. On the left of the page is a “filters” column that lets you choose between categories and other features such as thickness, slant, and width.

    Add search filter screenshot

  3. After setting your filter, simply scroll through the list of fonts available and click “Add to Collection.” You can add as many fonts as you would like.

    Add to Collection buttons screenshot

  4. When finished collecting fonts, click the “Use” button at the bottom right of the screen. This will take you to an “Almost Done” page and provide instructions for adding to your website. However, if you want to download the fonts to use on your computer, click the download icon at the top right of the screen (see arrow), then choose to download as a .zip file.


    Almost Done Page


    Download pop up box screenshot


  5. Open the zip file and double click on a font to view. To install, click the install button on the bottom of the font view window. Your font should now be available to use in other computer programs.


    Install Font Window

While downloading and using new fonts can be entertaining, it is also an engaging activity for students. The fonts can then be included in projects such as presentations, reports and more.

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About Jason Carroll

Jason first learned of Assistive Technology while working on his undergraduate degree where much of his spare time was spent assisting a regional education centre with basic technology needs. Amazed at how this technology could benefit so many students (particularly those he grew up with) he was hooked and immediately became an expert at the centre. After receiving his Masters, Jason returned to the coop to serve as a full time Assistive Technology Consultant serving over 200 schools in the central Kentucky Region.

Since this time, Jason has trained thousands on Assistive Technology and Universal Design for Learning concepts throughout the United States and beyond. His focus is on integrating research based practices into the work he does and helping others ensure that what they are doing works. He specialises in assisting people to bridge the gap between operation of technology and actual implementation. Jason is a published author, has taught Instructional Technology and Universal Design for Learning at the University level, and spends a significant amount of time on e-Learning and blended learning initiatives. He is a graduate of the Assistive Technology Applications Certificate Program (ATACP) from California State University at Northridge and holds a Masters in Business Administration.

Currently Jason serves as Product Marketing Manager for North America at Texthelp Inc. where he oversees new product launches and speaks nationally on a variety of Assistive Technology topics.

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